Renovation of a minka

Renovation of a minka

Architect
raumus
Location
Fukuoka, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Norihito Yamauchi
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Front door, SashLIXIL
Japanese cypress plywoodASAHI & Co.,Ltd.
Concrete CoatingAshford Japan Inc.
Wooden part coatingOtani Paint Co.
Birch flooringTokyo Koei Co., Ltd.

Product Spec Sheet
Front door, Sash
by LIXIL
Japanese cypress plywood
Concrete Coating
Wooden part coating
Birch flooring

Renovation of a Minka (Traditional Japanese-style house) with a ceramic artist's studio

raumus as Architects

What was the brief?
A house for a family of four: a potter, a cook, and their young children. The client decided to purchase and renovate an Minka (old Japanese-style house) with a thatched roof to live in Okayama as a new base of living. We decided to reconfigure the house into three spaces: the Doma (The earthen floor)  / Tatami room for production and guests, the living space during the day, and the sleeping space. Doma and the hall are separated by three sliding doors, which can be opened to create a room of about 90㎡. The hipped ceiling, which follows the shape of the roof, is about 4 meters high at the top, making it a very large space. The house is not only a residence, but also a place of work and a gathering place for the community.

photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi

What were the key challenges?
Rather than completing everything at the time of building completion, our first priority was to think about it while living in the house, and to We decided not to build a nursery for the children when they are young, but to use the existing structural materials to simply partition the rooms in the future. The husband’s atelier is also located on the site, and the earthen floor area is intended to be used as a children’s room, making the house adaptable to future lifestyle changes.

photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi

What materials did you choose and why? 
When renovating an old private house, we avoided contrasting or assimilating the old and new parts of the house.By adding various types of materials such as wood, mortar, and steel to the existing columns, log beams, and other time-honored elements, we aimed to create a state in which it is difficult to tell which parts are new and which parts are old.

photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi

We thought it would be appropriate to harmonize these materials while coexisting with the client’s desire to “enjoy the flavor of old things” while practicing a modern way of living.

Material Used:
1. LIXIL Corporation. - front door 
2. Tokyo Koei Inc. - birch flooring
3. Ashford Japan Inc. - Concrete Coating
4. Asahi Co,.Ltd. - Japanese cypress plywood
5. Otani Paint Co.- Wooden part coating
6. LIXIL Corporation - Sash

photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi
photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi
photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi
photo_credit Norihito Yamauchi
Norihito Yamauchi
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